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with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the director of the national weather service calls it a very dangerous situation. two storm systems-- one from the west, the other from the south-- are colliding right now over the northeast. it is a classic nor'easter carrying three feet of snow and wind gusts as high as 70 miles an hour. major transportation hubs are closing. widespread power outages are expected. we have a team of correspondents on this breaking story but first we'll go to our weather consultant david bernard. david, where's the storm headed? >> reporter: well let's take a look at the radar scott. when we do that, we can see those two pieces of the storm that we're referring to, the main low is here south of long island but here comes that second piece and that's getting trained into the low and that's going to cause the storm to continue to strengthen during the overnight hour. here's the storm track. as we go overnight and by saturday 7:00 a.m. the worst of the blizzard will be in
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southeast new england things will begin improving in new jersey and also the new york metropolitan area and it looks like by late in the day everybody should gradually begin to see some improvement. >> pelley: and how much snow >> well our accumulation map has shifted a little bit during the day today but again we're targeting southeastern new england where we see the purples and the pink. that's where we can see one to two feet of snow and it's not out of the question an isolated spot may see more than that. still, six to 12 inches will be possible back towards the south and also back toward the west. >> pelley: david, thank you very much. as you just saw boston is ground zero. it may get as much as three feet of snow. terrell brown has found that travel there is coming to a halt by sea air and land. >> reporter: there's no escaping the blizzard in boston. massachusetts governor deval patrick has ordered all cars in this state off the road. >> the rate of snowfall and reduced visibility during the evening rush newshour particular
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will make safe travel nearly impossible. >> train to boston! >> reporter: amtrak service was shut down between new york and boston this afternoon. >> come on guys walk. >> reporter: jacqueline polnick's flight to cleveland was canceled. when we met her she was desperate to catch a train to get her three kids home. >> it's just been really stressful trying to figure out how to maneuver the transportation system. >> reporter: it could be days until flights resume at boston's logan airport. planes out of new york's airports are grounded too creating problems that extend beyond the blizzard. edward freni overseas operations at boston's airport. >> other airports are being affected by this. it takes time for the airlines to relink their crews with the aircraft once they start to get their systems back in order. >> reporter: and scott the wind is picking up now along with that snow. anyone caught violating the state's emergency ban on driving could face a $500 fine or a year in jail. >> pelley: well terrell, new yorkers are watching with two
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bad memories in mind-- hurricane sandy, which was just 103 days ago, and the last blizzard two years ago that paralyzed the nation's largest city. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: tonight new york city is take nothing chances. 1,700 snowplows have been deployed 450 salt spreaders 65 front-end loaders. mayor michael bloomberg. >> it's not going to be a hurricane sandy but that doesn't mean you can't get badly hurt or killed if you're not careful. >> reporter: the devastation from superstorm sandy is a fresh memory and so is the blizzard two years ago that dumped 20 inches here. the streets took days to clear hindering emergency vehicles and city buses. >> we're just basically stuck on this block you know? >> reporter: g.p.s. tracking devices on garbage trucks will allow new yorkers to punch their addresss into a web page and track when their block will be plowed.
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6,100 sanitation workers are now mobilized. 400 more than two years ago. union president harry nespoli said they just started to catch their breath after sandy. >> i wouldn't say they're tired. they feel it they extended themselves for sandy 12 hour shifts for 60 days. >> reporter: and here we go again. >> yes and that's why they call new york's sanitation men new york's strongest. >> reporter: new york city has roughly 6,300 miles of road. that's enough to drive from here to los angeles and back. scott, the city has 250,000 tons of salt available to help keep all that roadway clear. >> pelley: jim, thank you superstorm sandy also knocked down defenses against storm surge all along the coast. tonight, with wind gusts of 70 miles an hour coming in from the atlantic, a lot of folks are casting a wary eye on the sea. seth doane is with them. >> this is supposed to be a high wall. all of this is leveled.
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where is the ocean going to cogo? it's going to go right over it? >> the sea berm that used to protect franca costa's neighborhood was damaged by hurricane i lean in 2011 and destroyed by superstorm sandy last october. she's angstly watching the ocean. >> i need to come back in a couple hours and see where it is. >> keep your eye on the water? >> that's the main thing. i have to keep my eye on where the water. is. >> reporter: when sandy hit, a wall of water nearly ten feet high washed through costa's staten island neighborhood. her house was one of a handful left standing. >> my house got destroyed. there's eight feet on the outside and six feet on the inside. >> reporter: thanks to neighbors and friends flood insurance and fema this 47-year-old legal secretary was able to rebuild. >> i just got back in my house in january and now a couple of weeks later we're being hit by a blizzard nor'easter. a blizzard wouldn't be so bad that's just snow, but the
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nor'easter you have to worry about the ocean coming over the berm wall again. >> reporter: the storm surge from many this blizzard is forecast to be just two to five feet but with little natural protection flooding is a real concern. >> how many of these storms am i going to have to go through in a couple years that maybe everything may get destroyed again. when that? am i going to have the energy to rebuild again and the finances and to go through the whole thing again is just mind bloging. >> reporter: there are just three homeowners left living on costa's street where there once were 35. scott, there are no evacuation orders so they say they'll stay and watch over what they have left. >> pelley: going to be a long night. seth, thank you very much. snow is also a factor in that manhunt in southern california. police have expanded the search for christopher dorner a fired cop who is wanted for a series of revenge killings. his targets are police officers and their families.
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dorner's pickup truck was found in flames in big bear and that's where ben tracy begins our coverage. >> reporter: a foot of new snow added to the challenge for search teams who had to be brought in on armored personnel carriers. the manhunt targeted an eight square mile area where christopher dorner's torched pickup was found yesterday. john mcmahon is the san bernardino county sheriff. >> we'll search until we discover he left the mountain or we find him. one of the two. >> reporter: deputies have searched 400 cabins and will check 200 more around the big bear ski resort. the snow has grounded police helicopters. what do your instincts tell you? does this feel like this may have been a diversion? >> we're going to search primarily up in the mountain area to make sure there's a lot of cabins that are up there that are abandoned. he want to make sure he didn't find out a place to hide for the night. >> reporter: dorner's rampage began sunday when police say he shot and killed two people in irvine including the daughter of a retired police captain who
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defended dorner in disciplinary hearings. earlier police say he exchanged gun fire with two officers in corona california, when he tried to approach them. later he ambushed two riverside policemen at a stoplight. one died. dorner's trail has been cold since his pickup was discovered. today u.s. marshals in la pal ma california, searched the home of his mother. police remain on high alert in los angeles. dorner targeted several officers in a manifesto posted on his facebook page. he boasted he could outsmart pursuers. he wrote "i will utilize every bit of small arms training demolition ordnance and survival training i've been giving." if dorner is somewhere around here, he may need those survival skills scott. we're expecting several more inches of snow and the temperatures here are already in the low 20s. >> pelley: ben, thank you. correspondent john miller is a former senior commander in the l.a.p.d.. john, why did he go to big bear? >> well, he didn't go there by accident. that's not a road you make a wrong turn on. if you're going to go up that
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mountain it's because you intend to. there's one way in and one way out. i've been there many times. he didn't end where he wanted to. it appears he broke the axle on that truck. his family had property up there before. he's familiar with that area if when he was young sore it may be that he intended to break into one of the empty vacation homes and hide out seek refuge. it's cold and getting colder. or it may be that he wanted to get into one of those houses find keys and get a car they're not looking for all over five counties. that's why that search was very important and why it unfolded quickly and why they're still trying to figure out which way he went because that tells us about his next move. >> pelley: the hunt continues. john, thanks very much. in the internet age anyone can be targeted by hackers, turns out even former presidents. today a web site posted e-mails that were hacked from the account of dorothy bush cook the daughter of president george h.w. bush. in some of them her brother
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george w. bush wrote about their father's recent health issues. the family issued a statement calling this "an outrageous breach of privacy." the secret service is investigating. there is an update on malala, the 15-year-old crusader that the taliban tried to murder. we've got an answer on what caused the lights to go out at the super bowl. and we'll take you to one of the world's great spectacles. meet 80 million pilgrims when the "cbs evening news" continues. suffer from is bigger than we think ... like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescription medicine for treating the flu in adults and children one year and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days. before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant,
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>> pelley: malala yousafzai was released from a hospital in england today. she's the pakistani teenager who was shot in the head for defying the taliban by demanding education for girls. malala recently underwent surgery to rebuild her skull and in a video statement this week she vowed very clearly in english that she will continue her campaign. the biggest gathering in human history could take place this weekend in india during a pilgrimage for one of the world's great religions. it is a feast for the eyes and millions of pilgrims have already arrived. a sea of humanity on india's ganges river. we've waited 12 years for this festival to come around again so we sent holly williams to witness the spectacle.
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>> reporter: from every corner of india and by every conceivable mode of transport pilgrims are making their way to prayag, the holiest place in the hindu world for the biggest celebration on the hindu calendar the maha kumbh mela held only once every 12 years. born by their shared faith, they come here to purify themselves by bathing in the ganges the river that nurtured india's 5 civilization. om kumar is a wheat farmer from central india who told us he walked 300 miles to get here. why did you come from so far away? he made the journey, he said because the water has special power. for hindus the ganges suzuki a sacred river and they believe that bathing here during the
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kumbh mela will wash away their signs. the pilgrims have set up camp in a sprawling city of tents complete with banks, its own police force and traffic jams. but on sunday which hindus consider the luckiest day for bathing, they expect the number to have swelled to 40 million people, the size of new york london and paris combined. leading the crowds are india's colorful holy men. one of them is mahant ravindranand sarswati who helped explain hindu beliefs including reincarnation. >> that's the start of life. this is a truth. understand? >> reporter: most of the pilgrims make do with basic conditions but for a wealthy few, there's this luxury tented camp where one of the guests is
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an indian princess who normally lives in a palace. >> it's something that binds you all together. that faith in the ganges, in your gods-- as many as they are-- we are one. >> reporter: a ritual that's been celebrated by hindus for thousands of years in a country of stunning contrast still that has power to draw the faithful. holly williams cbs news prayag india. >> pelley: well america's biggest festival the super bowl was blacked out. we can tell you why now in just a moment.ay y. until he got his number. right! the machine showed me my pressure points on my feet and it gave me my custom number. my arches needed more support. in two minutes, the dr. scholl's foot mapping center showed me my free foot map and my number. i'm a 440. that matched up to the dr. scholl's custom fit orthotic inserts with the support i needed. now, i play all day long!
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>> pelley: the food and drug administration calls the abuse of prescription painkillers a major public health challenge and today the f.d.a. wrapped up a hearing on the drugs including oxycodone vicodin and percocet. dr. jon lapook reports that they do their job well but they come with a big risk. >> my liver started shutting down my kidneys were shutting down my thyroid levels through the roof. >> reporter: 28-year-old kimberly-- who asked that we not use her last name-- nearly died from narcotic painkillers prescribed after a car accident. at first she only needed one or two pills a day for the pain. but eventually she became addicted to the high. >> my tolerance started growing and i started taking two at a time three at a time. it grew to 15 at a time.
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>> reporter: kimberly is not alone. in 1999 there were about 4,000 opiate-related overdose deaths in the united states. that figure more than quadrupled to 16,500 deaths in 2010. did you have any insight at the moment that this was happening to you? >> i knew that i needed to stop. i knew i did. i couldn't bring myself to do it. >> we are the most overly prescribed nation in the world. >> reporter: william coke moyers is vice president of the hazelden foundation, a drug treatment facility. he said doctors need better education about the risks of addiction and non-narcotic options for pain treatment. are doctors trained well enough in the management of chronic pain? >> clearly doctors know the scourge of chronic pain its legitimacy but what they aufk don't know is how to deal with it for something other than writing a script. >> reporter: kimberly is at n treatment at phoenix house and
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has been drug free for eight months. >> who knows what's going to happen tomorrow, but i'll deal with that then. but today i'm not getting high. and then tomorrow comes and i'll try the same thing. >> pelley: one day at a time. jon, the f.d.a. had a two-someday hearing on this but what are the possible solutions to this problem? >> scott they're focusing on education. patients think "this is a safe drug my doctor prescribed it it's f.d.a. approved." the f.d.a. is try to rework that misconception. and the white house are trying something that when doctors allow the d.e.a. to write the narcotics prescription first they have to take a course that teaches them how the correctly use it. >> pelley: jon thanks very much. we now know what caused the light to go out at the super bowl. today the power company traced the problem to an electrical relay. a brand-new device that was installed specifically to prevent a power failure. the company that made the relay insisted today there was no problem with the equipment
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>> pelley: you don't expect the post office to be the highlight of your day unless you meet mike the mailman. he earned steve hartman's stamp of approval "on the road" in state college pennsylvania. >> reporter: typically, post office lines breed anger and frustration. but at the head of this queue on the campus of penn state university in state college pennsylvania you'll find nothing but joy. >> i love coming in here. >> my mission is to make them have a little levity on the way out so that they say hey not so bad after all. >> nice nails! >> reporter: today mike kerr lives by a simple motto, if you can't say something nice about someone, you're not looking hard enough, even if it's only how nicely they filled out their forms. >> you're a natural. >> reporter: he's been like this with just about every customer everyday for 38 years. >> nice! very nice.
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>> reporter: how do you keep this up for so long? >> i -- >> reporter: you're stumped by that question. this is what i do. i'm myself and that's all i can do. how's your mom doing? >> reporter: the man is pure heart. which is part of the reason the lines are so long here. you come in to buy stamps when you don't need stamps? >> yes. >> reporter: that's amazing. nicole loggan is a regular. >> he makes your day so much better. these are for you mike. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: and because kindness begets kindness he gets a few gifts himself. the kids have made him grand marshall of the homecoming parade and when the postmaster told him he had to take down the posters and pictures decorating his office the kids took to the street. >> mike the mailman is the greatest most dedicated mailman i've ever met in my entire life! >> reporter: to think mike has earned this much loyalty and devotion just by talking to them at a counter. >> very delightful package. >> thank you! >> you have no idea who you're going to influence and who
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influences them. does that make sense? >> reporter: mike got his masters at penn state and although he didn't know mike the mailman very well years later when he was awarded teacher of the year in his district guess who he thank frdz his success. >> the one person i'm always going to remember and probably talked to the most about life was actually mike the mailman. >> it was honestly his example that kind of taught me it's not what you do in life but it's how you do it. >> reporter: now that's something to write home about. steve hartman extraordinary in state college, pennsylvania. >> have a good day. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll' you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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winter storm nemo. burying the east coast. >> which stars may not make it out of the snow for the grammys. latest on the blizzard in new york. >> more than 3,200 flights already have been canceled. >> what it means for sunday's grammys. >> justin timberlake is said to start any second now. then, the night whitney houston died. >> there is a search for new clues inside her autopsy report. >> the police sketches. her dentures. the plastic surgery scars.
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